American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 9 & 10 Review

I’ve chosen to put these two reviews together mostly because as I sat down to write the review for chapter 9 I found myself talking a lot about the finale, so I decided, why not do both together?

Untitled-1.png

I really loved the introduction of a fan base in chapter 9. I thought the three characters that were introduced (played by Taissa Farmiga, Jacob Artist, and Jon Bass) were pretty interesting and I was honestly so gutted when they were killed fairly quickly. There were so many elements of this side of the series that they could have gone into, and although they do explore the fans a little in chapter 10, I still felt slightly disappointed with how much we saw in chapter 9. As someone who had been waiting all season to see Taissa Farmiga, I was really hoping to see more of her, but then again I could say that about most of the cast this season.

The use of selfie sticks and helmet cams was really good. It added to the raw/found footage effect, but also made it feel slightly different. I was sad to see that chapter 9 was the last we’d properly see of that, although we do get a couple of moments with that style in chapter 9.

Overall the episode did escalate pretty quickly, and I was admittedly surprised at who was left standing at the end. Out of Audrey and Lee I would have said the former, but I guess Lee proved me wrong. I was personally surprised she didn’t die sooner, but it seems like she’s willing to do anything in order to survive.

untitled-3

Picking up in chapter 10 at PaleyFest was strange. You’re suddenly seeing all of these people alive again.I can’t help but feel like when Rory runs into the crowd to hug that fan, that Evan Peters would do the exact same thing. Seeing that fan give Lee that drawing of her and Flora was surreal considering you know everything that happened. And seeing people like Rory and Audrey interact was nice to see again, but also made me very sad, knowing how things end up for all of these characters.

From a little youtube-like interlude we see that the second season had been shown but people are debating on whether it was real. I have to assume that everything we saw was shown to the public, because it’s not specified otherwise.

When we pick back up we’re in a completely new field, although it does feel somewhat familiar. The documentary style is back, but this time it’s about Lee’s case. It has interjections from people like the District Attorney, as well as clips/interviews of Lee, and a voice-over which narrates the documentary/coverage.

Lee is acquitted of her crimes, but then is put back on trail for the murder of her ex-husband Mason. It turns out that Flora saw the whole thing, of course the truth about Flora hanging around with Priscilla comes out and Lee’s lawyer spins it to say that the little girl simply has a vivid imagination (and provides more evidence and compelling lines). Doubt is created and Lee is found not guilty.

Untitled-4.png

After all of this we jump to a TV interview, seemingly the first since she was found not guilty, and it happens to be with Lana Winters from Asylum! I found it amusing that the last person Lee saw die was Audrey (also played by Sarah Paulson) and then she’s being interviewed by someone who looks just like her. Of course they never mention the fact that these people look alike (and that’s always the case with AHS), but I found it highly amusing. The Lana segment took me back and made me miss Asylum.

Once again we jump to something different and I will say that by this point it was feeling a bit much. This time we move into a ghost investigation/hunting style show called Spirit Chasers. Of course it doesn’t go well for them. Lee shows up at the house after finding out that Flora has gone missing, and Ashley Gilbert is already with the investigators. With it being so close to the next blood moon the pig man appears and kills Ashley. More of the ghosts/creatures start to appear and slowly everyone is picked off one by one.

Untitled-5.png

After we see that Lana is okay after being attacked in her studio by Lot Polk, the episode finishes up with Lee and Flora. They have a heart to heart inside the house where police and that wait outside. Flora wants to stay and be like Priscilla so that she can protect her from the Butcher, but Lee won’t allow it. Instead she offers herself up to take Flora’s place and stay behind to protect Priscilla.

I liked the way the episode ended with Lee making that sacrifice in the hopes of Flora might one day forgive her. The other segments were also very good, but for the length of time the episode was on it did feel like it jumped from one thing to another very quickly and too often. I feel like it would have worked better if i was spread out over a slightly longer episode or two episodes.

Overall I did enjoy the episode, but it wasn’t my favourite. It didn’t have as much of an impact considering it was the final episode. Chapter 9 had more of the kind of ending I was expecting and generally that episode impressed me more. Overall with both episodes, but mostly the finale, it just needed to be reworked a little.

What did you think of the finale (and penultimate)? Let me know!

Advertisements

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 8 Review

Going into this episode I’d heard people say that it was the scariest episode they’d seen in a long time, possibly ever, and a lot of people were worried they wouldn’t sleep after seeing it. I can say personally I didn’t get that, but I can see why people would.

ahs 8.png

I’m going to keep this review short and talk about the things that were different this episode (compared to the season so far) and/or particularly well done:

  • The sudden influx of the ghost characters. I can’t decide if this is good or not. In the tunnels, while Dominic and Shelby were trying to escape, when the ghostly figures first started to appear it was genuinely creepy and a little frightening, but then when Dominic and Shelby were being chased through the house by multiple ones it felt a bit much at times. There were so many moments that it came so close to being terrifying, but it never quite got there. Saying that I probably would have died before I got out of the tunnel.
  • Shelby committing suicide wasn’t too surprising, she did seem genuinely torn about killing Matt, and with him being dead and the only reason she came back, it’s understandable that she would feel like she hasn’t got a reason to survive this time. It was a shame really, she was really starting to grow on me!
  • Lee coming to the rescue! I was so convinced that she would be the one to die, but she managed to get herself out the situation along with Audrey. Seeing the two of them interact through the episode was really great. It definitely seems like an alliance has been made, however, we do know only one person survives, so there’s still time for one of them to turn on the other, but hopefully they don’t.
  • Wes Bentley! I’ve been waiting for him to show up again and he finally did. Clearly Sidney had paid some of the actors to pretend to be the ghosts and scare those inside the house (or to deliberately do things to stir up drama like Dominic was supposed to do), but it begs the question, why did Wes’ character (Dylan) only show then? Had he been around longer?

All of that being said the episode was just like the others, however it did step up its game in terms of creepiness, violence, and out-right making things uncomfortable. With only two episodes left of the season it can only get darker because there are still a lot of characters to kill off, and there’s some yet to be introduced. Here’s the thing though, just because it said one person survived, does that mean one person who was in the house at first (and was credited for the second show)? Or does that also include people who randomly show up like Dylan or the other characters we’re waiting on?

One person I’m very excited to see in American Horror Story again is Taissa Farmiga. Here’s an article that talks about some theories on who her character might be.

With not many episodes left I hope they manage to pull off a decent finale.

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 7 Review

There’s only three episodes left of this season and after watching chapter 7 part of me feels like it’s plenty of time, but another part feels like it isn’t and things will become too rushed. I would say this season has been one of the best when it comes to pacing so I have a lot of faith that it’ll go well.

ahs-chapter-7

First of all I have to say I’m so in love with the found footage. I love how varied it is. The way it switches between different types of cameras, and how it can go from being completely calm and still to quick and super shaky. I feel it puts you more in the situation, and it’s a feature I’m glad they added this season.

Another good change/addition are the real ghosts. I wondered how they were going to do it. The real ghosts look much darker, which is very fitting, because the reenactment ghosts look more “TV friendly.” It would be cool to see more of them, and up close too. I’d also like to see more of the reenactment actors who played the ghosts.

In this episode everything seemed to be in threes. Sidney and two crew members were first seen in the opening and they were all killed. Matt, Shelby, and Dominic were together (Dominic trying to get with Shelby, having a secret camera to try and help boost ratings), and Matt ended up dying. Lastly we have Lee, Monet, and Audrey who went through the underground tunnels in search for help after Shelby is attacked. It’s not confirmed if any of them died, but it’s pretty clear that Lee will most likely be the one to. This episode seemed to section them off so that they can have multiple deaths without really giving too much away about who it’s going to be.

Continue reading “American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 7 Review”

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 6 Review

This post contains spoilers.

So this episode was the big one, the change. Everyone seemed to collectively know that something was going to shift, especially after how things ended in the previous episode. I did suspect some of the things that happened, but not all of them.

ahs-chapter-6

This episode for me was a little boring to start off with, maybe because it was so different to the previous episodes. It was intriguing, don’t get me wrong. That kept me watching and eventually the episode got better and I started to really enjoy it. I can’t help but wonder if maybe it would have worked better if they took a weeks break?

One change I love is the choice to use found footage. Not all of it will be shaky footage filmed on their phone characters, but either way I’m excited. I think so far they’ve done a good job of not drifting away from the overall tone this season has set so far. For example,  seeing the pig man jump out from the back seat of the car was in keeping with the earlier episodes.

Continue reading “American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 6 Review”

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 5 Review

In my opinion this episode was probably one of the best of the season so far, if not the best overall. This weeks episode finally introduced Evan Peters’ character. Like everything this season nothing big was given away beforehand. The character he ended up playing was not at all what I expected.

ahs-chapter-5

Did you recognise his name? Don’t worry if you didn’t, neither did I at first! Edward Philipe Mott is his name, Mott also being Dandy’s last name in American Horror Story: Freak Show. We know that this season is supposed to have some connections with previous ones and this is just an example.

I will say this, with Dandy he was interesting and fun to watch but he did get on my nerves after a while, with Edward it feels like maybe things won’t go that way. I already really like him, he seems super interesting, and I just hope he’s going to be in more episodes. What did you think of him?

Continue reading “American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 5 Review”

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 3 Review

This episode contains some spoilers for this episode and previous ones.

Although I still don’t like the absence of the opening titles, what they have instead really does work to add to the style and tone of this season. Opening with a few scenes that give a glimpse of what’s to come or what’s happened since the events of the previous episode with warnings crossing the screen advising viewer discretion. It all adds to the feel of a paranormal documentary. Although I, like some people, would like to see the credits make a comeback, what they’ve been replaced with does surprisingly work.

ahs-chapter-3

So after the introductions the episode picks up pretty much where the last one ended. The police have now been called and arrived, but the search for Flora is still ongoing. With moments like this it does really feel like this season might be one that you can watch from stat to finish without breaks and it would flow and feel consistent. Of course that’s something we’re going to have to wait for the season to end to see for sure.

The episode, like the previous two, still does a good job at using music and ambient sounds to create suspense, tension, and just to generally set the scene. For that I’m stating to think I’ll never be able to fault this season. Overall, with that and many other aspects, it feels like so far this season has managed to keep on track and keep itself in check.

Continue reading “American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Chapter 3 Review”